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August 2, 2020


The Mini Countryman Works now has the GP’s 302bhp engine

A few months ago, Mini facelifted its Countryman SUV. You mightn’t have noticed because a) you had other stuff to worry about and b) its most tangible change seemed to be the addition of those Union Jack taillights that people overseas love, but which more left-leaning British buyers might feel a bit uneasy about. Anyway, now’s the time for the...

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class to Get Rear-Axle Steering and Rear-Seat Airbags

After years of waiting, the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is nearly here. Leading up to the car's reveal later this year, the company revealed details Wednesday of a handful of neat features we should be expecting to see, including new airbag designs, rear-wheel steering, and the company's trick active suspension. If the term E-Active Body Control sounds familiar to you, it...

AC Cars is once again making V-8 Cobras

British firm AC Cars is famous for its Ace sports car that formed the basis for the original Shelby Cobra, so it's only fitting the company is getting into the Cobra replica business. After announcing turbo-4 and all-electric Cobras, AC is returning to the car's more famous V-8 option. The AC Cobra 378 Superblower Mark IV is actually based on...

Acura TLX Type S to Hit Pikes Peak with 355 HP

The Acura TLX is about to muscle its way into the all-wheel-drive sports sedan fray with the new Type S, a model that should give a few segment regulars reason to sweat. We already knew that the TLX Type S will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 paired with a 10-speed automatic and Acura's SH-AWD system, and Acura just...

New electric platform shows Peugeot's ambition in EV market

Peugeot has been a bit late to the pure-electric vehicle (EV) market. The French automaker only introduced the e-208 and e-2008 last year, months after their gasoline-powered counterparts officially debuted in 2019. But just because they’re late to the game doesn’t mean they won’t step up to the challenge. In fact, Peugeot is already working on a new dedicated EV...

Jeep Unveils Wrangler And Gladiator Factory Lift Kits

As Jeep and Ford squabble on social media over which company produces the most awesome off-roaders, one hilarious detail is that customers of both brands who buy rugged SUVs and pickups often plan to spend thousands of additional dollars on aftermarket modifications immediately following their purchase. Sure, the Gladiator can be bought with disconnecting sway bars and three locking differentials—but...

Mercedes Just Gave the AMG GT More Power as the GT S Trim is Discontinued

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the beefed-up AMG GT Black Series model, its most powerful V-8 sports car to date. But the base AMG GT is also getting a bit of extra attention with a more powerful engine and some additional features and tech. The introduction of the updated AMG GT also marks the end of the line for the AMG GT...

2021 Bentley Bentayga Accessories Include Akrapovič Sports Exhaust

The end of June marked the launch of a new 2021 Bentley Bentayga. It debuted with a revamped exterior design and tweaked interior, signaling the luxury SUV's first significant update since it was introduced in 2016. Now, for the one-percenters who have already placed an order for the posh high-rider, Bentley has released four accessory options to heighten up its...

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 receives exposed carbon fibre finish

Birthday cakes are all well and good, but how about a supercar made to honour your special day? Well, that’s exactly what Donkervoort has done, celebrating company founder Joop Donkervoort’s 70th birthday with the limited-run JD70, an evolution of its successful D8 GTO range. Though it features all of the special-edition branding you’d expect, tweaks don’t stop there. An entirely...

New Volkswagen Caddy Beach mini-camper van detailed

Volkswagen will expand the Caddy van line-up for its new, fifth generation with a "completely redeveloped" Beach camper version. Set to be unveiled in September - seven months after the regular van and passenger version were revealed – the new Caddy Beach is previewed in digitally rendered images. It's said to feature a "completely redeveloped interior" promising as much comfort...

Paying for Parking with Electricity? Nissan Says It’s Possible

In today’s world, owning an electric vehicle means that you kind of need to plug it in every chance you get. That basically means that when stopping for a few minutes, you’d better do so close to a charging station, so that electricity could flow from the grid into the battery. But what if it did the opposite? The last...

Honda pushes office staff to join assembly lines amid worker shortage

Honda is temporarily asking some U.S. office employees work the assembly line due to a coronavirus-related staff shortage. The Japanese automaker has been requiring workers who test positive for COVID-19 and those who work close to them to quarantine. The safety measures have strained Honda’s efforts to keep production running and restock dealerships that are running low on inventory. “Due...

Ferrari Doesn't Think It Can Win Again Until 2022

Scuderia Ferrari has experienced its worst start to an F1 season in years. The team’s current car has proven to be well off the pace, and three races in, the sport’s most successful team is languishing down in fifth for the constructor’s standings. You’d think the only way from here would be up, but no - Ferrari is expecting the...

Fisker Ocean electric SUV has 7,000 reservations, startup teases future models

Fisker, which pins its hopes of rising from the ashes in the Ocean electric SUV, dished out a hard figure to judge just how much interest there is in its upcoming EV. It's nothing spectacular, but there's certainly interest. The company said Friday it has 7,062 reservations for the Ocean. Compared to recent news surrounding preorders (I'm thinking Tesla Cybertruck...

The Nissan Magnite Concept SUV is seen in this handout computer generated image released on July 30, 2020. Nissan Motor India/Handout via REUTERS
To survive in India, a diminished Nissan bets big on a small SUV

NEW DELHI — By any measure, Nissan has had a dreadful run in India. A push to revive its lower-end Datsun brand flopped, sales have slumped 60% over the past five years, and its sole plant in the country is operating way below capacity. But the amount of money and energy that Nissan — battered by scandal and expecting a...

2020 Ram 1500 Limited

During all of this commotion surrounding the ever growing electric truck market, FCA has been notably quiet. While competitors like Tesla, Ford, GMC, Bollinger and Rivian have all been forthcoming with plans for their electric trucks, there hasn’t been a Ram EV rumored at this point. According to a report from The Detroit News however, FCA CEO Mike Manley isn’t...

New 2021 Volkswagen Transporter T7 spotted uncamouflaged

Our spy photographers have snapped the new Volkswagen Transporter T7 completely uncamouflaged, giving us our best look yet at the new van’s styling. The next-generation model will go on sale next year, in both panel van and people carrier body styles, providing fresh competition for the Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter and Vauxhall Vivaro. The Transporter T7’s styling is an evolution...

Panasonic cells for Tesla will get 20% energy boost

Panasonic plans to give battery cells for Tesla electric cars a 20% boost in energy density in five years, Reuters reported Thursday. That timeframe could potentially line both the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y for a boost in range, performance, or both at that time. Tesla could at that time choose to make packs smaller and lighter with the...

New Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible unveiled

Looking to buy a new car for the summer? Perhaps this is what you’re thinking. It’s the new Bentley Continental GT Mulliner convertible. This is all about craftsmanship and quality. In fact, 400,000 stitches hold the upholstery together. It’s described as the luxury pinnacle of the Continental GT family, and it will make its formal debut in, fittingly, St Tropez...

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Track Car: 830 HP, Nanny Cam Included

Lamborghini is seeking the attention of the world's wealthy gentlemen and gentlewomen racers with its new Essenza SCV12 track car. Limited to 40 units, the Essenza SCV12 allows customers to enter what Lamborghini deems an "exclusive club. " Of course, any owner of a rare car is arguably part of an exclusive club, but the Essenza SCV12 packs perks not...

Subaru BRZ reaches the end of the road

Subaru has called time on the BRZ coupe, and its Toyota 86 twin is set to follow suit. Both vehicles are made in the same Subaru factory, which is no longer producing cars to order. According to Autocar, an announcement on the Japanese Subaru website says: “We have finished accepting orders for build-to-order manufacturing.” Dealers around the world still have...

Sony Vision-S Prototype Moves from CES Stage to On-Road Testing in Tokyo

Sony surprised the world with the Vision-S debut at CES this year, so releasing a new video out of nowhere to show that work continues on the sleek EV is par for the course. There's still no word on Sony's production plans—if any—but testing sensor technology in a cool package like this sure attracts attention. Sony took a public interest...

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 nails the right luxury notes

The GLB-Class shares much in common with the A-Class, GLA-Class, and CLA-Class, including engines, infotainment, and some hardware. I’ve only driven 50% of that lineup but I’d bet more than a paycheck that the GLB is the one to have of the bunch. Our TCC Rating largely agrees; the GLB earns a 6.8, which is higher than the other three....

EV West Wants To Break An Electric Speed Record At Bonneville With This Tesla-Powered Lakester

The electric powertrain nerds at EV West are doing everything they can to propel Southern California hot rod culture into the future. Electric drivetrain swaps in old cars are their bread and butter, but in the process they’ve realized just how fast these things can be. With a custom tube-chassis, a slippery aerodynamic body, a hopped-up Tesla motor, and a...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM350,000 2017 Porsche Cayman 2.0 718 Sport Chrono Pdk

PORSCHE CAYMAN 718 2.0 TURBOCHARGE * Manufacture Year 2017 ( Unregister ) * UK Spec * High Grade Condition * Blue Colour Exterior * Black Colour Interior * Low Mileage 28,000KM * Sport Chrono Package * Individual ,Normal ,Sport & Sport Plus Mode * 7 Speed PDK Dual Clutch * Porsche Communication Management ( P.C.M.) * Multi Function Steering *...

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